Brittany Kerr is a Halifax-based producer, production accountant, and creative industries consultant. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Dalhousie University and thrives in the areas where art and commerce connect.
With a background in public accounting and commercial banking, she began her career in the entertainment industry as the production accountant on Ashley McKenzie’s debut feature, Werewolf. She has since worked on projects in all stages of production, including two years as the Director of Development for Holdfast Pictures Inc.
Brittany is currently developing a number of projects, both narrative and documentary, through her production company, Brass Door Productions Inc. She continues to provide production services in both accounting and production management and is engaged as a consultant for the Link Performing Arts Centre, a project set to create an 84,000 ft² arts and entertainment hub in the heart of downtown Halifax.
Tara Taylor (Nova Scotia)
Tara Lynn Taylor is the co-founder and festival director for The Emerging Lens Film Festival. She is a filmmaker, playwright, actress, multidisciplinary artist, singer and licensed hairstylist. Tara has worked in the film industry as a whole for 19 years in various roles behind and in front of the camera. She is the vice-chair and Diversity & Inclusive Committee team lead of the Link Performing Arts Society (a new arts, entertainment and production hub in Downtown Halifax). She serves as a Board Member for Centre for Art Tapes, Screen Nova Scotia and the Bus Stop Theatre. She is currently a member of AFCOOP, Theatre Nova Scotia, PERFORM Nova Scotia and the Bus Stop Theatre.
Tara is a graduate of the Centre for Art Tapes’ media scholarship program. Tara has screened her short films in various places, has cast local talent in features and TV shows, and has co-coordinated youth media arts March Break Video Camps. Tara has also produced and in some cases starred in, “Dreamgirls”, “The Color Purple” and “The Wiz”, wrote an original musical about the life of Viola Desmond staged at The Spatz theatre in 2018, Dartmouth Players Theatre in 2019 and she is currently writing her new musical works entitled, ”Hood Habits” and “Love, Peace and Hairgrease” in the playwrights Unit under Eastern Front Theatre.
Kaitlyn Adair (New Brunswick)
Kaitlyn Adair is a passionate filmmaker from Bathurst, New Brunswick. She started her career in film working as an actor in film and television in Vancouver, B.C. She attended Vancouver Film School in 2011 and has been pursuing her passion in film since.
As a member of the NB Film Co-op, she recently took the leap to director/producer with a short film she wrote called March 2.4. She is the winner of the Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award and, was a finalist in the CBC Pitch Competition at the 2018 Women Making Waves conference. Kaitlyn was accepted at the Banff Centre for a film residency in July, 2018.
Kaitlyn is dedicated to feminist-based media and creating inclusive spaces for marginalized communities to partake in visual arts.
Emily Bridger (Newfoundland)
Emily Bridger is a Newfoundland-based filmmaker. Emily was the recipient of the 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, which she used for her short, Waste It, which premiered at The St. John's International Women's Film Festival and recently screened at the Nickel Independent Film Festival.
Emily recently completed her first feature film with director Ruth Lawrence (another alumnae of the RBC Michelle Jackson award) and producer Jenny Howley.
The film, Little Orphans, was nominated by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival for Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program, and was the only film to be selected from the province.
Pamela Callow (Nova Scotia)
Pamela Callow, JD, MPA, is the creator and bestselling author of the Kate Lange thriller series. With over a million readers, Pamela Callow’s critically-acclaimed series has been compared to works by Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell and John Grisham. Her debut novel DAMAGED was a Levy Home Entertainment “Need to Read Pick”, with Top Ten Bestseller placement everywhere books were sold across North America. The series has been translated in six countries, and has consistently topped ebook charts around the globe.
As a TV Series Creator, Pamela has written the treatment and pilot script for the Kate Lange thriller series, which has been optioned by LA-based Executive Producers Kelly McKendry and Dara Weintraub, DGA (Co-EP - MADE FOR LOVE/Netflix, EP - TRANSPARENT/Amazon). In addition to the Kate Lange TV series, Pamela Callow is working on developing several other suspense series for television, and is working as a story consultant and story editor for a Canadian production company on the book-to-TV adaptation of works by an iconic sci-fi author.
A member of the Nova Scotia bar, Pamela Callow also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Prior to making writing a career, she worked as a Strategic Services manager and held the role of Canadian executive for the Global Justice Team with international consulting firm Accenture.
Amy Grace (Nova Scotia)
Amy Grace is a writer, producer and performer who is passionate about empowering women through collaborations and various art forms.
Recently Amy has written for the DIY television series 'Eyes for the Job’ season three while launching Brilliansea with co-founder Claire Fraser, a platform that spotlights and gives space for creative and innovative women.
In the past Amy trained and worked as an American Sign Language Interpreter for many years before training at Neptune Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Program. She then went on to write and star in “The Mom Show or the Most Boring Show Ever” at The Atlantic Fringe Festival.
Amy, along with her husband Jeremy Lai and four year old daughter Zoë live in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
Louise Lalonde (Prince Edward Island)
In 2001, Louise Lalonde graduated from the Trebas Institute in Film and Television Production. Since then, she has developed and managed several mentoring programs in screenwriting and film production for the Island Media Arts Coop and initiated and manages the annual PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, which is now entering its seventh year as a highly successful professional development activity for emerging and mid-career screenwriters.
She has also written, directed, and produced several short films that have screened in regional film festivals.
Renee Laprise (Prince Edward Island)
Renee started off in the film/TV industry in 1999 as an animation editor in Ontario for Alliance, Cuppa Coffee Animation and several others delivering series for HBO, CBS, CBC etc. In 2005 she moved to Prince Edward Island where she continued to work in animated series and then moved into editing online live-action material. Renee began to develop and create her own work and in 2017 was awarded a Telefilm Micro Budget Production grant to produce/co-direct/edit the 84-minute dramatic web series Lovely Witches Club. She is currently in post-production with a short documentary and is producing an Indigenous web series for broadcast. Renee has also been the Executive Director for FilmPEI since 2013 and is a practicing painter.
Nadine d'Entremont (Nova Scotia)
After graduating with an MA in English literature, Nadine d’Entremont decided she didn’t want to pursue writing as a career—only to end up with jobs developing government reports, teaching business writing, leading online writing courses, and editing technical documents. She is currently the Volunteer/External Relations Manager at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, where she oversees festival volunteers and writes grant applications. She is also a writing instructor for Dalhousie Continuing Education.
Nadine has started exploring more creative aspects of writing, specifically screenwriting, with projects developed through FIN’s Script Development Program and AFCOOP’s Film 5 program. She recently participated in the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp and is working on a web series.
Cat LeBlanc (New Brunswick)
Cat LeBlanc has been Membership Services Director at the NB Film Co-op for over 20 years. She assists members with their film/video productions from development to distribution. She has done production management on many member projects through the years.
She coordinates the annual provincial workshop program through the Film Co-op, is involved in the Short Film Venture Program with partner New Brunswick Film, sits on the Linda Joy Media Arts Committee, and is co-lead for programming, events and, finance for the Silver Wave Film Festival.
Cat was awarded the CBC Pioneer Award at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2010 and was one of four women from Atlantic Canada presented with the 2011 WAVE Awards for film, TV and new media, honouring women in the industry for their accomplishments, vision, leadership and dedication.
Cat is also a composer, singer, musician and, filmmaker. She received an artnsb music scholarship to further develop her music, a grant from the province to produce a music album and a scholarship to be a musician in residence at the Banff Centre for three weeks in 2018. She recently received another grant from artsnb to create a new body of music.
Cat recently did music residencies at Connexion ARC and in Sicily, Italy in 2019. She has performed her original music at folk festivals and special events and is being mentored by iconic music artist Dan Hill (Sometimes When We Touch). Cat is represented by Jo Jo Sween Management.
Kimberlee McTaggart (Nova Scotia)
Kimberlee McTaggart is a Gemini award-winning editor who has been working in the Canadian film industry for more than 25 years. After graduating from York University with a BFA in film production, Kim produced, directed, and/or edited several award-winning documentaries before beginning to work exclusively in post-production in 1994.
Kim has edited several dramatic series such as Lexx, Gullages, Made in Canada, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Call Me Fitz, Studio Black, Diggstown, Seed and Pure. She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her work on both Call Me Fitz and Seed, as well as the feature film Blackbird. She has also edited and post–supervised several non-dramatic series and specials for broadcast clients such as CBC, CTV, PBS, Nickelodeon, Life, VisionTV, Bravo, Showcase, History and Space.
Up for a new challenge, Kim took a break from editing for a few years to run a production company where she and her business partner produced several documentaries and two documentary series. She also worked as a business affairs consultant for other companies during this time, and executive produced several short dramatic films. She is now back in the editor’s chair full-time.
Kim has been serving as WIFT-AT Chair for the last three years. She is also a founding member of the new Halifax Chapter of the Canadian Cinema Editors and serves on their board of directors. Kim is also the editors’ representative for the Atlantic Regional Council of the Directors Guild of Canada.
Lynn Matheson (Nova Scotia)
Lynn Matheson is a committed, some might say obsessive, lifelong-learner. She has a Bachelor of Public Relations degree and just two years ago, earned an MBA after six years of part-time study. She has also studied in China which earned her a Certificate in International Chinese Studies and an appreciation for mattresses in dorm rooms. At the same time, she worked in public relations and government administration developing the ability to juggle multiple tasks!
She is currently transitioning into the film industry after taking courses at AFCOOP and Centre for Art Tapes; notably the FILM5 program and Media Arts Scholarship. She has produced, crewed and created a number of shorts, and recently produced a 1K Wave Atlantic feature.
Erica Meus-Saunders (Nova Scotia)
Erica Meus-Saunders moved to Nova Scotia four years ago to follow a dream. She graduated from Nova Scotia Community College with a diploma in Screen Arts in May 2017. Since that time, she has taken an active part in the film community in various roles and organizations.
A storyteller by ‘nurture’, she has completed a few documentary pieces: “Journey of Feet” which screened at FIN 2017 & HIFF 2018. “A Chef’s Moment” (Devour! The Food Film Festival, 2017), “Mr. Horizon” (co-directed with Hesam Hanafi), which screened at Lunenburg Doc Fest 2018 & HIFF 2019.
An entrepreneur with a background in writing, Erica has written two books: Shiloh: City of Dreams and A Day in the Sun. She has worked in various positions: Production and Research Assistant at the National Film Board of Canada and on local productions in roles of camera trainee, camera, script- supervisor, art department, gaffer and grip. Her passion is everything film, and she is excited to add her unique experiences, build her skills, connect and assist in any capacity she can.
Kelsey Power has been interested in filmmaking—particularly within the documentary genre—for some time. Kelsey is no stranger to WIFT-AT, she recently completed a 26 week work term with the organization as the Programming and Conference Coordinator.
She was trained to work in television and took courses related to the history and presentation of cinema throughout her undergraduate education at the University of King’s College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours). She wrote about documentary filmmaking in Canada for her honours project.
The multimedia journalist has helped on student film productions, acted as a videographer, and worked on her own and on volunteer oriented film projects. She further increased her understanding of this industry by participating in WIFT–AT’s mentorship program, New Waves, in 2016—which is when she first attended Women Making Waves! She also acted as a camera assistant trainee on the FILM 5 production Dirty Milk, this past spring, and has since participated in another of filmmaker, Yalitsa Riden’s projects—acting as an assistant animator on the docupoem ICE, for the Lunenburg Doc Fest this September.
She is currently participating in the SYNC Music Video Program where she will be directing for the first time.
Aside from her formal and freelance work as a multimedia journalist, Kelsey has had experience in administration, program coordination, research, project management, communications, fundraising, public relations, and marketing within various media organizations and non-profits. The community-centred writer, dancer, and general creative is excited to bring her multidisciplinary skill set to WIFT-AT, and looks forward to making this a memorable year. She is happy to be working towards the empowerment of women in this industry!
Karen Roberts (Newfoundland and Labrador)
In 2011, through Newfoundland Independent Filmmaker Co-operative’s (NIFCO) Introductory to Film and First Time Filmmakers program, Karen wrote and directed her first short film We Are Who We Are.
In 2012, she completed Sir Wilfred Laurier Script Writing for Film & Television. In 2013 and 2015 Karen attended Writing for the Small Screen Workshop at the PEI Screenwriters Bootcamp, where she began developing her a web series.
In 201,5 she produced her first documentary Life’s Short. Wear the Sparkly Earrings, which has screened throughout Atlantic Canada.
Karen works full-time as an Executive Assistant where she has been able to continue working with film through producing documentary videos. This has able Karen to explore and share stories of rural Newfoundland.
ADVISORS & EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Jan Miller (Nova Scotia)
Jan draws from more than 25 years working in the international market place as consultant, connector, and trainer. She is director of Trans Atlantic Partners, a one-of-a-kind international training program that focuses on transatlantic feature film and drama series co-production with Europe, Canada, and the U.S.A. Jan also presents one of the top pitching and concept development workshops globally, working with key industry players to connect projects and talent.
Jan designed the ‘Industry’ component of Women in View’s 5 Women in Focus program.
As founding chair, Jan launched Women in Film and Television Atlantic and its annual conference Women Making Waves. She is on the national board of Women in View, which supports women in all roles in the screen industry. She is also on the board of the AFC.
Ann Bernier (Nova Scotia)
Ann Bernier has been working in the film and television business since 1988 when she began working at Telefilm Canada’s Atlantic office.
For 12 years, she spent much time nurturing new upcoming filmmakers and producers, overseeing much of the television and feature film development projects and later the new media fund. Ann was instrumental in establishing a new program for emerging filmmakers.
One of the first projects to come out of the program was the critically-acclaimed Parsley Days by Andrea Dorfman. Ann left the public sector and joined the Atlantic Film Festival in 2000 and 2001 to produce the international co-production conference Strategic Partners (Canada and the UK in 2000 and Canada, Spain and Latin America in 2001).
She has been an independent producer since 1999.Ann was Director of Operations and Development at imX Communications Inc. which produced such award winning coproduction films as Margaret’s Museum staring Helena Bonham Carter, Love and Death on Long Island staring John Hurt and Jason Priestly and directed by Richard Kwietnioski, New Waterford Girl and The River King, and the documentary Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey by Connie Littlefield.
She was the Executive Producer on Rohan Fernando’s feature film Snow. Ann is currently working with Donna Davies’ on her feature film documentary Fanarchists: The Fan Film Phenomenon, with John Walker on his latest feature documentary Arctic Defenders and with her partner Chris Zimmer of the animated feature, Amfibiya.